To understand how Winnipeg Jets’ netminder Connor Hellebuyck set a franchise record for a goalkeeper’s career victories on Thursday, one must first understand who he is on the nights it didn’t go his way

Hellebuyck often reveals who he is defeated and what has led him to 153 wins in 278 games in the last six seasons in Winnipeg

It was October 3, 2019, and Hellebuyck had a bad night five goals against 31 shots, a dismal 839 percent save at the season opener in Winnipeg

You would expect most ordinary people to complain about such a feat.There is no hiding from the statistics or the number of times pucks landed behind him

But in Hellebuyck’s head it was as if he were watching a completely different game between the pipes

“I liked a lot from my game I felt more deserved I felt like I played a lot better against five goals,” he told reporters that evening at Madison Square Garden. “Of course you always want to win I’m at all not happy to lose Don’t confuse me with liking my game and thinking I’m happy with the result tonight I have to do something because five (goals) are not acceptable ”

“When I look back on my tape, I probably won’t do much differently,” he said

A professional league hockey goalkeeper gives up five goals in one loss and goes on to say: 1 He likes his game, and 2 He probably won’t change much about it, despite the result

It stinks like madness On the other hand, he would be named the winner of the Vezina Trophy as the best goalkeeper in the league the following summer

It’s a microcosm of what stopped Hellebuyck’s success as one of the NHL’s elite puckstoppers.It’s a self-confidence system so strong you wouldn’t have expected it to come from a documentary (The Secret – available on Netflix – is a 2006 film that explores the idea of ​​whether you can achieve something, focus on it, and keep a positive state of mind in order to achieve it) One night in October wouldn’t dictate its season , and bad nights during his 278 performances never determined his career

During his first full season with the Jets, there were a couple of nights back that would have pretty upset most viewers

Hellebuyck liked his games after being drawn in consecutive starts in January 2017, allowing six goals in 13 shots over 24:15 in both games combined

After a 7-4 defeat against the Canadiens on one of these evenings, Hellebuyck told reporters after the game that he felt good on the net. He was there for everyone at 14:01

“This guy has an inner belief and an inner drive,” said Jets head coach Paul Maurice after Thursday’s 4-1 record win against the Calgary Flames. “And there are many people who have an inner belief, but not connected with an inner drive, and he has it in his hand. If his game is wrong, he is wired in practice. He pushes to keep getting better And he has the right mix of talent and drive ”

Steadfast, but there were times when Hellebuyck’s emotions got the best out of him, after all, he’s human, even though some of his pre-game rituals might suggest otherwise

Following Johnny Gaudreau’s shootout winner in a 4-3 loss to the same Flames on Monday night, evidence of Hellebuyck’s frustrations was exposed in the pieces of his TRUE hockey goalie stick that had previously been wrapped around the bar and thrown away left the ice At the start of this game, Hellebuyck let himself be hit by a 140-foot shot from Calgary’s own zone. It wasn’t one of his nicest moments

“You saw him upset after this game. He’s a competitor He wants to win every night,” said striker Adam Lowry on Thursday. “We appreciate that he gives us a chance night after night. He’s the backbone of ours Teams and not necessarily to give him an easier night because he made some big saves, made some big saves on the PK and when the game is tight, but a game where he won’t be faced with 35 or 40 strokes Must makes life easier for a goalkeeper

“To see him get this franchise record it’s certainly deserved. He’s a guy who works on his game every day and just keeps getting better and he’s never satisfied. He got the Vezina last year and that he really deserves it rightly He came this year and started where he left off and he gives us the chance to win every night ”

You just have to go back to last season’s 51 performance against the San Jose Sharks to prove what Lowry preaches

And when things are good – and not just in the 27-year-old’s eyes – he seldom, if ever, taken out the credit

“The guys allowed me to see things and we scored three points. They did a good job, I did my job,” Hellebuyck said after the jets hung him up to dry,

True to form, Hellebuyck was previously dragged into the game after scoring five goals in 19 shots

It’s a phrase that is often tossed around: “Player X never gets too high or too low”

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